How to fix tech problems without a baseball bat

Solve Techie Problems like a Pro!Everyone has annoying technical problems.

It’s just part of Computerized Everything these days.

Usually, we tend to become aggravated when these problems occur… But what if we didn’t have to?

What if you could solve your own techie issues with a minimum amount of frustration – and in record time?

If that sounds like a plan, join me for the best techie tip yet!

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Windows 10 20H2: A very minor update

Windows 10 20H2Yet another new ‘version’ of Windows 10!

This time, they’re calling it 20H2 (as in 2nd half of 2020) instead of 2010 (as in October 2020).

I guess the old numbering scheme was getting a bit tiresome since 2004 and 2010 make it sound like the new Windows 10 is already over a decade old…

As with Win 10 1909, 20H2 isn’t really a “Feature Update” – it’s just a regular large update that doesn’t require a long ‘upgrade install’.

Just reboot, and you’re done.

So what’s new??

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Two-Factor Authentication without SMS or a smartphone

Authy Rocks!!!These days, 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) is all the rage.

Instead of securing your account with only a password, you have to enter a password and a secret code… But where to get this code?

The simple way is via an SMS to your phone, which means you also must provide your cell phone number to various sites.

Smartphones also have authentication apps, but the problem is that you must still have your smartphone on and connected to the cell network in order to log in to a simple web site!

That’s not very convenient…

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How to get more speed from your USB drives

USB 3 Speed ExplainedJust how fast is USB 3?

There seems to be a bit of confusion out there about how fast USB 3.x devices can actually go – as well as how to actually obtain those blistering-fast transfer rates.

That’s not surprising since what should be a pretty simple topic is actually quite convoluted…

You may recall my earlier video, Slow copy speeds with USB 3? No problem! 🎞

I was recently informed by one viewer that 400 MB/s is completely impossible for USB 3, so I guess it’s time for a review!

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Thunderbird 78: Change is in the air, but don’t panic!

Thunderbird Reborn!So there I was, reading my e-mail the other day, when I received an upgrade notice from Thunderbird.

Great! Maybe they’ll fix things… So I upgraded.

Welcome to Thunderbird 78, where everything has changed!

Well, sort of…

My add-ons no longer worked, the folder pane was hideously black and white, I lost my CompactHeaders, and my message pane buttons were all screwed up. SIGH…

But, not to worry… Big things are in store for good old Tbird, and many of the annoying changes are easy to fix!

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Windows 10 2004 Update: More new stuff, and more of the same

Windows 10 2004 UpgradeWindows 10 2004, called the Windows 10 May Update, was released eons ago.

Despite the fact that this version was tested for ages, it still managed to cause various headaches for many users.

That’s why you probably don’t have it yet – but you will soon!

So, what’s new?  What about all the Usual Stuff?

Let’s take a look…

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Fix Windows Activation failed due to Software Protection Service error code 0xc0000022

Win10 activation SPS access deniedWith Windows Activation, the fun never ends!

Recently I reset a laptop with OEM Windows 10 Home for a friend. All I did was use the built-in Win 10 “factory reset” that should have wiped everything, reinstalled Win 10, and then reactivated just fine.

Alas, that’s not what happened…

Instead, I got error code 0xc0000022, and the perfectly valid built-in OEM key would not re-activate the same Windows on the same hardware – no matter what I did.

It turns out the culprit was an ‘access denied‘ error in the Software Protection service…

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Fix stunnel “Bad magic at ssl.c” error / crash on Ubuntu

stunnel bad magic ssl.cUbuntu server 18.04 LTS is a rather popular linux OS for servers.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t come without its problems. For example, the current version of stunnel – an SSL tunnel – is woefully outdated.

It seems that although Canonical is aware of the problem, they have no intention of fixing it!

Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround that’s much simpler than you might think…

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Remote Desktop with multiple monitors: How to save window and icon positions

Remote Desktop save Window and Icon PositionsMany people these days have multiple monitors, especially on their primary desktop computer.

The trouble comes when you want to use Remote Desktop and “telecommute”. Let’s say you’re using your laptop puter, and you Remote Desktop into your main machine.

All of your icons and windows spread across 2 screens on your big puter get crammed onto one screen while using Remote Desktop on your lappy.

No big deal, right? But then you get back to your Big Puter, and all your windows and icons are STILL crammed onto 1 of your 2+ screens. OOPS!

Fortunately, there’s an easy fix…

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